The global compressed air treatment equipment market size was valued at USD 7.08 billion in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 7.0% from 2019 to 2025. A well-running compressed air system requires clean air, which is crucial for the proper functioning of industrial equipment. However, the compressor contains particles from the surrounding atmosphere, as well as contaminants from the compressor itself. These contaminants cause damage to the end-use equipment reducing their lifespan. Therefore, quality of compressed air is of paramount importance in a number of end-use applications. This is expected to propel the market growth over the forecast years.
These treatment solutions improve the end-use machinery performance and reliability while lowering the CO2 emissions, energy consumption, and operational costs to deliver maximum manufacturing uptime. This has led to an increased product adoption in several end-use industries, such as chemical, food & beverages, automotive, and aerospace & defense. The unprocessed compressed air contains many harmful contaminants that must be removed or reduced to acceptable standards to provide a safe and cost-effective production facilities in the food & beverage industry.
For instance, in U.K., the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS), the governing body for compressed air, and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) that represent the retail sector have together developed a Code of Practice for Food Grade Compressed Air to regulate standards for food manufacturers. The aforementioned standards and regulations are expected to drive the demand for compressed air treatment equipment in the food & beverage industry over the forecast period.
The quality of compressed air is determined not only by the process of compression, but more importantly, by the process of conveying treated air before it is used for the concerned application. Thus, compressed air treatment is considered to be a smart choice while investing in a compressor since the equipment not only protects end-use machinery from all forms of contaminants but also improves the its efficiency and prolongs the lifespan by reducing corrosion and rust.
The dryers and filters segments together accounted for over 60% of the total revenue share in 2018 and emerged as leading product categories. The filters segment is projected to gain traction over the forecast period as they are energy-efficient, easy-to-use, and offer safety and flexibility.Furthermore, availability of high-performance filters that help reduce pressure loss by approximately 40-50% is expected to propel segment growth over the coming years.
Refrigerated air dryers emerged as the dominant segment in 2018. Refrigeration dryers operate on the principle of condensation by compressed air cooling through a refrigeration circuit. These dryers are used to eliminate water vapor in several industrial applications including chemical, food processing & packaging, paper, semiconductor manufacturing, and pharmaceutical drugs. Furthermore, they are also used in healthcare sector for several dental and surgical equipment.
The desiccant dryer segment accounted for a significant market share in 2018 and is expected to witness the fastest CAGR of 7.5% over the forecast period. In heavy industrial operations, water vapor in compressed air equipment leads to corrosion, premature failure, quality control issues, frozen air lines, and a range of other operational problems. Desiccant dryers purify compressed air by absorbing moisture and work in conjunction with an industrial air compressor.
Food & beverage emerged as the largest end-use segment in 2018. High product demand in this end-use segment is attributed to the growing need for clean air in numerous critical applications, such as food processing and packaging. Rise in the number of F&B manufacturers, particularly in U.S., is expected to provide drive the segment further.
Food processing and pharmaceutical plants require clean rooms with zero impurities for product manufacturing. This has led to the emergence of industrial standards for the compressed air treatment equipment. The most widely used standard in the market is ISO8573 that seeks to establish a method for classifying the purity of compressed air.
Integration of the humidity detection sensor in the air treatment system ensures the quality of end products. Growing product demand owing to the aforementioned factors is boosting their adoption across the pharmaceutical and food processing industries, thereby driving the overall sales for compressed air filtration products.
Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit the highest growth followed by North America owing to rapidly expanding chemical and F&B industries in these regions. Dry and clean air extends the life of the equipment and leads to better energy-efficiency and an improved product quality, thereby reducing the maintenance cost. This is expected to boost their demand in the chemical and F&B industries.
Rise in the number of food processing industries in North America, Europe, and South America is anticipated to spur the market growth over the forecast period.
Europe is anticipated to experience a considerable growth from 2019 to 2025. Rising product demand across the medical sector is expected to provide growth opportunities for the regional market. Presence of strict regulations pertaining to the quality of the compressed air used in manufacturing processes are also anticipated to propel the product demand over the forecast period. In addition, increasing number of manufacturing facilities in Eastern Europe is anticipated to propel the regional market.
The global market is highly competitive. Some of the key companies in the industry are Ingersoll-Rand PLC; Parker Hannifin Corp.; and Gardner Denver, Inc. These companies focus on R&D and integrate several advanced technologies to sustain in highly competitive environment.
A few companies undertake vertical integration at the design and production levels to a large degree, although most manufacturers focus on only one aspect of the value chain. Furthermore, they focus on gaining a competitive advantage by expanding their local as well as international reach.
Base year for estimation
Actual estimates/Historical data
2014 - 2017
2019 - 2025
Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2019 to 2025
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and MEA
U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, U.K., France, Spain, Italy, Benelux, Eastern Europe, China, India, Japan, South Korea, South-East Asia, Brazil, GCC, and South Africa
Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
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This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global compressed air treatment equipment market report on the basis of product, end use, and region:
Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Coalescing Filter/Oil Removal
Adsorber Filter/Oil Vapor Removal
Filtered Centrifugal Separator
High Temperature After-filters
End Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Food & Beverage
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
South East Asia
Middle East & Africa
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